NBC: 'Animal Practice' Likely To Be Canceled, As The Cancellation Bear Closes In On The Monkey

Categories: Cancel/Renew Index,Cancel/Renew NBC Shows

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October 2nd, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-30, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.63
Animal Practice :cry: :cry: 0.66
Guys With Kids :| :| :| 0.75
Grimm (F) :) :) :) :) 0.75
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.78
Parenthood :) :) :) :) 0.85
The Office final season 0.99
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 0.99
Law & Order: SVU :) :) :) :) 0.99
Go On :) :) :) :) 1.43
Revolution :) :) :) :) 1.76

After starting on the heels of low rated sophomore sitcom Up All Night last week, the cancellation bear is just behind equally low rated rookie sitcom Animal Practice. Enjoy the monkey while you can. Both shows are likely to be canceled before the end of the season in May, 2013.

There will be plenty of shows for the bear to eat out of NBC's line up this season. Who'll be next? Stay tuned.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ie. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from past television seasons.

  • disney rocks

    Here’s what NBC should do- (8-9PM)

    Wednesday, OCtober 31-

    -Whitney/guys with kids

    Community on Fridays with Betty white’s off there rockers, both premiering Friday, November 30
    Friday slot from now until November 23 is reruns

  • Davis

    It’s hard to predict NBC’s choices on pure numbers, since they have on several occasions held on to shows they like, a little longer then other networks do (despite that they might have lowish numbers even when compared to other NBC shows).

  • Oliver

    No-one is watching Animal Practice because the premise and marketing insults the audience’s intelligence. No-one wants to watch ‘the monkey show’.

    The awful pilot likely put off anyone left who was willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt. The show could have improved considerably since but no-one is tuning in.

    Contrast that with Go On which had a decent pilot and launch but hasn’t been able to pull itself together creatively. Big launch that is slowly eroding. Still getting good-for-NBC numbers, though, and should get a second season.

  • jamie.tessier@yahoo.ca

    nbc train wreck.

  • Oliver

    NBC are somewhat stuck because there are no two of GWK (family-friendly TV-PG multi-cam), Whitney (raunchy TV-14 multi-cam) and Community (edgy TV-PG single-cam) that are compatible.

    GWK has the faintest pulse of life in it. Whitney ended slightly above cancellation last season. Community was bang-on cancellation, but is better established and likely cheaper for NBC.

    Animal Practice is dead. Up All Night is a dead show walking (but Christina Applegate presenting SNL might give it a short-term boost, making the decision trickier for NBC).

    I think NBC will cancel Animal Practice, move Whitney to Wednesday, and keep Community on Friday, for better or worse. NBC executives don’t like Community, they developed UAN/Whitney and they see those shows as the future of the network.

    It’s pretty unlikely any of the three will still be around at mid-season.

  • Petar Ivanov

    NBC are idiots. Eridapo was right 10 pm is most DVR hour:


    RVN beat NCIS Live+3 ratings! NBC must put this show in 8 or 9 pm in tuesday or wefnesday.

  • Honey Badger

    first let me say it is enjoyable reading all the comments,

    Now I have a question. I can see the logic of each network judging what shows to keep or cancel by ranking them against other shows on the same television network.

    However, what happens when things go real bad like NBC, using the same methodology will only mean the network will only keep dropping in ratings. It seems NBC ratings are as bad as the Jay Leno show in primetime ratings were, Leno bad primetime ratings better than most of the shows on NBC now.
    This from NBC, the network that brought us Must See TV National Broadcasting Company (NBC) which featured such popular shows as The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, A Different World, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Wings, Frasier, Friends, NewsRadio, and Will & Grace (as well as such drama series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and ER)

    What does NBC do Now ?

  • Ultima

    RVN beat NCIS Live+3 ratings! NBC must put this show in 8 or 9 pm in tuesday or wefnesday.

    You’re quite possibly the only person who thinks that moving Revolution from its post-Voice timeslot would actually increase its ratings.

  • Sean powell

    No man don’t cancel this show! God what is wrong with you people in suits. We love this show. Why do you cancel everything so soon???

  • Sarah

    I hope Grimm has many more seasons to come.

  • yragcom1

    Doesn’t surprise me about “Animal Practice”. I like Justin Kirk, but the show’s got no heart at all. But it’s gonna suck if “Up All Night” gets the can. It’s actually a pretty good show.

  • Scottie

    I love Animal Practice! The ONLY show I watch on a regular basis. The monkey is the best part.

  • Kris R.

    I am glad Animal Practice is cancelled. I promised myself NEVER to watch the show after NBC interrupted the closing ceremony of the Olympics to show a pilot of Animal Practice. Very stupid.

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